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Forrester Wave Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms

Dashboard Spy readers know how I pore over the business intelligence platform reports from the big consulting companies. I can’t resist reading every “bake-off” report that compares the big business intelligence vendors.

A reader asked me about the latest Forrester report on the BI landscape, so I thought I’d share the report.

First off, here’s the link:

The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2010 – IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects and Oracle Lead, With Information Builders, SAS, Microsoft, MicroStrategy Close Behind.

Here’s a couple of screenshots of the report. This is the cover:

forrester wave enterprise business intelligence platforms

And this is the money shot:

forrester enterprise business intelligence platforms pdf

As you can see, it’s all about IBM Cognos, SAP BusinessObjects, Oracle, Information Builders, SAS, Microsoft and MicroStrategy.

An interesting bit from the Forrester report:


Business intelligence continues to be one of the top enterprise software and applications market segments where Forrester sees continually increasing interest and adoption levels (see Figure 1 and see Figure 2). Ever-increasing data volumes, complex enterprise operations, and regulatory reporting requirements continue to drive demand for BI in the middle (risk management) and back (finance, HR, operations) offices. But the major shift is in the increased demand for BI in the front offices (sales, marketing) too, as enterprises that do not squeeze the last ounce of information out of their data stores and applications, and that do not focus on getting strategic, tactical, and operational insight into their customers, products, business processes, and operations, risk falling behind competition. As a result, while the overall software market dropped by 8% in 2009, the BI software market increased by 15%

So, it seems that Business Intelligence is alive and well!

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